The reply below to the comments and suggestions to the planned activities for the 2012 Balikbayan Grand Homecoming was sent in by SAUSA president, Mr. Eleno Annaguey, Jr.
Sagunto Association U.S.A.
September 24, 2012
Ipatpateg nga kabarangayan ken gagayyem ti Sagunto;
On behalf of the Sagunto Association USA(SAUSA), we appreciate, we welcome, and we thank you for all your comments and suggestions regarding the planned activities for our 2012 Balikbayan Grand Homecoming.
Let me try to address most of the issues, suggestions and questions that have been raised on our online presence SaguntoStar.com and on the Sagunto Stars facebook group. Suggestions that are specific to the 2012 Balikbayan Grand Homecoming will be presented to the host association for consideration and approval during our next planning meeting.
From the Saguntostar.com site:
1.) noel digay says:: there is a tournament basketball for the men, how about the women? maybe a volleyball for women
There will be a men and women’s volleyball tournament and a women’s basketball tournament in addition to the men’s senior and junior basketball tournaments. We thank you for the reminder.
2.) maribeth esteban says: since there are several days for games and fun why don’t we schedule an exclusive “kadawyan” games and activities( like kadangkadang can’t recall as of now but i know aduda) in one day. i think its fun reminiscing the old times… new games from the tv shows can be done for another too.
It is our goal to have fun and to reminisce the old times. That is why we are asking for suggestions. Our program activities committee will be compiling a list of all suggested games and activities and these will be presented for approval in our next planning session.
3.) jwun says: apay ngay nga kasla nag dull ti 2nd barangay homecoming?
Kasla nag dull ti 2nd barangay homecoming gapu ta ‘ancient’ dagiti nagplano ti original actividades ket isu met ti malagip da nga naar-aramid dita barangay tayo idi tiempo da. This is exactly what I told the membership, ‘not exactly dull but maybe out of tune with the times’ and for the committees to please coordinate and contact the Sagunto local organizations, especially the SK, since they are aware of the current and ‘in’ activities. No siak laeng a maysa, patalunton idiay hi-way will be one of the activities. Isu nga agdamag kami ti suggestions yo.
4.) jwun says: A community sing-a-long and games to be led by all the Sagunto churches will not be possible due to conventions and rallies which normally happen on these dates for most of the churches in sagunto.
During our initial planning meeting held last year, some of our membership requested not to hold any activities for the evening of Dec 28th. In deference to them, the association agreed to the request. Lately, I was informed that we can have some sort of religious program during that night. If, as jwun says that this is not possible due to church convention and rallies, then at this time, and it may change, SAUSA will have no planned activities for the evening of Dec 28th. Any group or organization can plan or organize an event for the evening, or for those who can, just have a ”no-host let us get together at the abong to tsismis and tell Apo Tikmaan stories, reminisce, and have a good time”.
5.) Ipe says: diay man contest iti “IRON MAN” 3 stage
1. ag bagkat ti kinaban nga irik nga iyalis na sabali a pwesto ( 15 meters distance from point A to point B )
2. Agbalsig ti kasla siket nga kayo pagkalimaen na ( adda timer na )
3. agiguyod ti pasagad nga adda nakasakay tallo nga tao ( 10 meters distance)…. ngem exception ni Apo Balak ken Bakal ta ay apo kasla da laeng agperpersay ti kamatis nga sidaen da ah no kasta, ketno strong dan!
Mayat! I suggest nga Awan a ti ma-exempt. Maybe we can do it in 2 parts. The winner of the first part will be declared as the challenger and will then challenge the reigning champion in the 2nd part. Winner of the 2nd part will reign as Sagunto’s Iron Man until the next challenge.
” BMX/MOUNTAIN bike challenge”.. start from Palza going to Sitio Macoco traversing a well chosen avenue, from baladad taltalon dumalan da nga lumabas ayan ni nonong, lumabas ayan ni lakay lumpago (hehe), bagkaten/luganan da besiklita nga ibalasiw turod da Apo Castillo Rolly / rumwar /lumsot danto diay santa maria ken nga turongin da agsubli plaza?? kitan yo ah no makayatan yo? suggestion ko laeng Apo
Nawaran sa unay ken adu nga kasapulan (bike ken tattao to monitor checkpoints.)
FROM THE SAGUNTOSTARS FACEBOOK GROUP:
1.) On Demelza April Doctolero’s suggestion: that we establish an annual award for the most outstanding person of Sagunto.
For this year’s Balikbayan Grand Homecoming, we have already planned on designating a Mr and Mrs Balikbayan to be chosen on-the-spot during the balikbayan night Dec 29th.
As Demelza’s above suggestion is for an annual most outstanding person of Sagunto, I recommend that this award be a part of our annual Thanksgiving and Jose Rizal Day Celebration with a selection committee consisting of Sagunto local residents and OFWs.
2.) On Demelza April Doctolero’s suggestion that the entire OFW of Barangay Sagunto establish a Foundation/Institution focusing on Education.
A very good suggestion and I support it. There is already a planned meeting (no specific date yet) to be held after the homecoming events to decide which project/s we can use the proceeds of the 2012 Reunion Souvenir Program Ad subscriptions fund raiser. We can add this to the meeting agenda. Bring your suggestion and recommendations and plans on how to best implement it.
3.) On Demelza April Doctolero’s suggestion that ”It is Grand,so why not officially start… on the night of the Grand Homecoming…And this will run throughout the year..we can work this together easily because web media is available already”.
When SAUSA first met and accepted the task of hosting and planning the 2012 Homecoming events, we have temporarily set, as is being suggested here, to have the Balikbayan night on the first night (27th) and the talent show on the 29th. When the dates were announced, we have received comments from kabarangayans that they will not be able to travel until after Christmas day due to family and/or work obligations. We switched the schedule to accommodate and give balikbayans enough time to travel and be able to attend the Balikbayan night.
4.) On Ems Homma’s suggestion that we allot another fundraising night, a “Gay fashion show/ contest” … a good time for balikbayans to relax….
The idea of having a ‘Gay fashion show/contest’ similar to what was held during the 2008 Grand Homecoming was also brought out during SAUSA’s first planning meeting. It was decided by the membership then to have the ‘Sagunto talent show’ instead of the ‘Gay fashion show’. At this time, SAUSA feels that we already have a full schedule with the Talent Show, Balikbayan Night, Tournaments, plus the annual Rizal Day Celebration, and the Medical Outreach. If any organization or any group of Balikbayans is willing to plan and organize the Gay Fashiow show event, then please feel free to do so.
This fundraising coud benefit “Sagunto scholars”. We have lots of students in need of support and grants. If we could at least give them some amount, or full scholarship, from this mini event “Gay Fashion show”, they could continue studying and improve the economic condition of our community.
This can be a temporary means for raising funds that will benefit Sagunto scholars. Personally, I believe Demelza’s suggestion of establishing a Foundation/Institution is a more permanent solution to our Barangay Education needs.
Again, we thank you and we welcome any comments and suggestions that you have.
Agyaman kami kadagiti amin nga comments ken suggestions yo.
Eleno ‘Boying’ Annaguey Jr.
On behalf of the Sagunto Association USA.